28 April 2023

Top Places for Engagement Photos in Norfolk

Now that you’ve found the one, it’s time to announce your love to the world with some stunning engagement photos. Norfolk has endless options for backdrops, allowing you to surround yourself with the scenes that best represent your love for one another. Picture yourselves surrounded by burgeoning blooms in a lush garden setting, against the backdrop of the Elizabeth River or Chesapeake Bay at sunset, in front of an eclectic mural or among the charming streets of a historic neighborhood. Here are some of the most picturesque locations for engagement photos in Norfolk, VA.

Downtown Norfolk

Start on historic Granby Street with romantic arched marquee lights and a sprawl of historic buildings as a backdrop. You may also want to mosey down to the breathtaking Battleship Wisconsin and Town Point Park overlooking the Elizabeth River. Whether you have specific photo spots planned out or just looking to go with the flow, you won’t be disappointed with Downtown’s many picturesque locations.

Freemason District

The charming, historic neighborhood of Freemason will enchant you with its tree-lined, cobblestone streets and fascinating architectural details. After your sunset shoot, head over to Four Eleven York and enjoy a glass of champagne to celebrate your love.


One of Norfolk’s quintessential neighborhoods, Ghent is filled with character and culture—and some cute places for taking engagement photos. Head down one of the charming, tree-lined streets for a neighborhood feel, or stake a claim on Colley Avenue for shots in front of restaurants and stores, underneath the iconic Naro Expanded Cinema marquee or along The Hague waterfront.

Hermitage Museum & Gardens

This waterfront estate featuring an Arts and Crafts style mansion features many gorgeous opportunities for that perfect shot. The stately brick walls and flowing botanicals along the Museum’s walls and archway create a stunning scene, as do the beautifully manicured grounds which offer a romantic, secret garden vibe you’ll love.

NEON District

For a vibrant and creative location, look no further than Norfolk’s NEON District. This eclectic neighborhood is full of brightly colored murals from local artists that showcase the beauty and culture of Norfolk’s art scene. Take advantage of these one-of-a-kind scenes to highlight your one-of-a-kind romance.

Norfolk Botanical Garden

The Norfolk Botanical Garden offers a wide range of seasonal flowers that can add bright pops of color to the greenery of the garden. With a variety of beautiful spots including ivy-covered staircases, ponds and pergolas covered in flowers, every corner of the garden offers a gorgeous landscape for your photos. 

Ocean View/East Beach

Only 10 minutes from Downtown is Norfolk’s Ocean View neighborhood where you will find 7.5 miles of beach. This quiet, beachy hideaway offers breathtaking sunset views as the waves roll over the sand. We suggest walking along the water hand in hand with your soon-to-be spouse as the sunlight reflects off the Chesapeake Bay, or take advantage of the pristine pastel beach houses that make a lovely backdrop.

The Pagoda

Located along the Elizabeth River Trail, the Pagoda is tucked away in a beautiful garden setting in Freemason. The flourishing landscape changes with the seasons and creates an incredible, secluded spot for you and your significant other.

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